Unrestricted Free Agent: Adrian Dingle

With some age developing among the current defensive ends for the Chargers Adrian Dingle provides a fresh face and fresh body to provide support in rushing the passer. Will he return in 2003 is the big question as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 1st. The staff at Chargers Update takes a look at the chances of Adrian Dingle resigning with the Chargers.

Tom Criswell's Take:

Adrian Dingle is a must resign, he backs up both Ray Lee Johnson and Marcellus Wiley, but mostly comes in for Wiley. He is fast off the end has a quick first step, has a strong upper body and is very good against the Run. He might want to test free agency but I do not think he will get more then what the Chargers offer him. He will be back because he wants to win and knows the Chargers are just a step away, over the last 2 years he has had more and more playing time and could get that chance to go up against Ray Lee for the starting RDE position.

The only way he won't be back is if Chargers pickup a quick young DE that can come in and start behind Wiley and Johnson right away. If he gets to Free Agency, some team looking for a young DE may come in and give him the chance to start; that would peak his interest.

I would say there is a 90 percent chance that he resigns with the Chargers.

Dr. J's Take:

Dingle showed his versatility being able to line up at either the left or right end position across a defensive line that was racked with injury and inconsistency. He has good speed and could work his way into more playing time as a 3rd down pass rusher or possibly as an eventual replacement for Wiley if he becomes a salary cap problem down the line.

Might be an option for other teams looking to rebuild their defensive line cheaply (Baltimore and Cleveland come to mind). Will he stay? I hope so, but he might get some looks around the league.

75-80% chance of returning to the Bolts.

Denis Savage's Take:

In a limited role Dingle has really provided solid depth. He can create pressure up field and is solid against the run. The Chargers have really secured a find with a fifth round Draft pick out of Clemson. With the Chargers thin at backups at the end position it would be silly for them to not resign Dingle.

Dingle will be looking for a raise this offseason. His versatility and the potential for a nice rotation at the end spot would be further cemented if Dingle returns. He may look to see what is available on the market with San Diego still on his mind. General Manager John Butler needs to make resigning Dingle a priority.

85% chance to return.

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